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Living Mulch Builds Profits, Soil

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:48:00 EST

Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists at the University of Georgia are making it more efficient and sustainable.(image)



Future Temperature and Soil Moisture May Alter Location of Agricultural Regions

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:19:00 EST

Future high temperature extremes and soil moisture conditions may cause some regions to become more suitable for rainfed, or non-irrigated, agriculture, while causing other areas to lose suitable farmland, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.  These future conditions will cause an overall increase in the area suitable to support rainfed agriculture within dryland areas. Increases are projected in North America, western Asia, eastern Asia and South America. In contrast, suitable areas are projected to decline in European dryland areas.(image)



Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Social Unrest in Ancient Egypt

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:39:00 EST

Around 245 BCE Ptolemy III, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt, made a decision that still puzzles many historians: After pursuing a successful military campaign against the kingdom’s nemesis, the Seleucid Empire, centred mainly in present-day Syria and Iraq, the king suddenly decided to return home. This about-face “changed everything about Near-East history,” says Joseph Manning, a historian at Yale University.(image)



Climate change predicted to reduce size, stature of dominant Midwest plant, collaborative study finds

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:53:00 EST

The economically important big bluestem grass — a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle — is predicted to reduce its growth and stature by up to 60 percent percent in the next 75 years because of climate change, according to a study involving Kansas State University researchers.(image)



Grazing Horses on Better Pastures

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:30:00 EST

When you picture a horse, you may imagine it grazing contentedly in a grassy pasture. Grazing lets horses move around naturally outdoors and socialize with other horses. And grass is an easily available, nutritious feed that horses like eating. If you have the land, providing pasture for horses is less costly than buying hay.(image)



Protein Restricts Sap Uptake By Aphids

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:34:00 EST

Researchers at Umeå University and Wageningen University have discovered how plants can defend themselves against aphids. They recorded aphid behavior on video, and identified a plant protein that keeps aphids from feeding. The results have been published in the journal the Plant Cell.(image)



UW Researchers Discover an Evolutionary Stepping Stone to Beet-Red Beets

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:11:00 EST

The color red is splashed across gardens, forests and farms, attracting pollinators with bright hues, signaling ripe fruit and delighting vegetable and flower gardeners alike.(image)